TomTom Releases Region-Specific GPS Apps for iPhone, iPod Touch

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Date: Monday, August 17th, 2009, 03:29
Category: iPhone, iPod, Software

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While it’s not the first turn-by-turn GPS application to offer driving instructions for Apple’s iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS handset, it’s from TomTom and there’s a brand name behind it. Per Engadget, after starting with New Zealand a few hours ago, the iTunes App Store is now populated with region specific TomTom apps for NZ (US$95), Australia (US$80), US and Canada (US$100), and Western Europe (US$140).

The TomTom application requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the application and have any feedback about it, let us know!

8GB iPhone 3GS Unit Resurfaces in Rogers Wireless Inventory

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Date: Friday, August 14th, 2009, 05:10
Category: iPhone

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In spite of official denials to the widespread rumors, Canadian carrier Rogers Wireless appears to still feature a 8GB iPhone 3GS in its databases. According to Boy Genius Report, several leaks have hinted to a cheaper iPhone 3GS model which would allegedly replace the US$99 iPhone 3G once current stocks have been depleted.

A source claims, however, that at Rogers’ SalesCentral website, a listing titled “IPHN8BLKR 3GS GSM” persists. Several Rogers dealers have meanwhile suggested that the 8GB model has been regularly appearing, and disappearing, from databases during the past week. Earlier rumors have hinted that Rogers is already taking 8GB 3GS units into inventory.

Apple Releases Security Update 2009-004 for Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5

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Date: Thursday, August 13th, 2009, 02:58
Category: Mac, security, Software

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Late Wednesday, Apple released Security Update 2009 – 004 for Mac OS X 10.4 and Mac OS X 10.5. The new update, which can be located and installed via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature, repairs a vulnerability in software package BIND that could let a remote party interrupt the Domain Name System service. According to Macworld, BIND has previously been the target of hackers, most notably a major vulnerability exposed by security expert Dan Kaminsky in 2008 that was later patched by Apple and other software vendors. On the upside, while BIND is included in OS X (both server and client editions) it’s not enabled by default.

If you’ve tried the update and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

Apple Releases AirPort Client Update 1.0

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Date: Wednesday, August 12th, 2009, 10:12
Category: Software, wireless

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On Wednesday, Apple released its AirPort Client Update 1.0 patch, a fix recommended for some Intel-based Macintosh computers running Mac OS X v10.5.8 that addresses an issue with AirPort performance while running on battery power.

The update, a 1.7 megabyte download, is intended for the following Apple notebooks:
- MacBook (13-inch, Late 2007)
- MacBook (13-inch, Early 2008)
- MacBook (13-inch, Late 2008)
- MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2008)
- MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2008)
- MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2008)

The update requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later to install and run.

If you’ve snagged the update and have any feedback about it, let us know!

Delicious Library Updated to 2.2

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Date: Wednesday, August 12th, 2009, 04:30
Category: Software

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On Wednesday, software company Delicious Monster released version 2.2 of the shareware favorite, Delicious Library. Delicious Monster allows Macs with webcams to scan the bar codes of any book, movie, music CD or video game, then creates an archive based on background information from the Internet. Additional features help keep the library organized and reseller’s tools allow for items to be quickly posted for sale online.

The new version, a 15.8 megabyte download, incorporates significant fixes and changes, the full list of which can be found here.

Delicious Library 2.2 retails for US$40 and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

Apple Releases Safari 4.0.3 Update

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Date: Wednesday, August 12th, 2009, 04:33
Category: Software

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Late Tuesday, Apple Safari 4.0.3, the latest version of the company’s web browser.

The new version, which is available as a 26 to 40 megabyte download, includes the following fixes and features:
* Stability improvements for webpages that use the HTML 5 video tag.
* Stability improvements for 3rd-party plug-ins.
* Stability improvements for Top Sites.
* Fixes an issue that prevented some users from logging into iWork.com.
* Fixes an issue that could cause web content to be displayed in greyscale instead of color.

The update can be located and installed via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback, let us know in the comments.

Google Voice to Hit iPhone as Web-Based App

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Date: Tuesday, August 11th, 2009, 04:42
Category: iPhone, Software

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In spite of recent drama between Google and Apple, Google Voice will soon be available for the iPhone, though as a web-based application according to the New York Times.

The all-things-phone-management application (which was widely speculated to have been rejected for threatening AT&T profits on calling plans) will be rewritten as a stylized Web site that offers everything the rejected app would have.

It’s currently unclear as to whether Apple would reject a repurposed Google Voice app, though considering that Apple’s recent decision to reject the app managed to draw attention from a wide range of people, including some at the FCC, the company probably thought it best to allow a Google Voice variant slide.

Web-based apps can be bookmarked on the iPhone interface and appear like an app purchased from the App Store.
A text-heavy version of Google Voice can currently be tested on your iPhone by pointing Safari to google.com/voice/m.

Microsoft Releases Office 2008 12.2.1, Open XML Converter 1.1.1 Updates

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Date: Friday, August 7th, 2009, 05:06
Category: Software

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Late Thursday, Microsoft released updates for its Microsoft Office 2008 suite as well as its Open XML Converter applications.

The new version of Microsoft Office 2008, a 23.8 megabyte download, corrects a problem that prevented Office 2008 from opening some Open XML documents. Office 2008 would, under certain circumstances, display an error indicating that it couldn’t open the file, and instructed the user to download a more recent update of Office for Mac.

According to TidBITS, Microsoft indicated that the problem affected Open XML Word, Excel, PowerPoint presentation and PowerPoint show files, along with templates and macro-enabled Open XML documents and templates.

The Open XML Converter utility, which reached version 1.1.1, is available as a 45 megabyte download.

The updates require Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to install and run.

Apple Releases Security Update 2009 – 003

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Date: Thursday, August 6th, 2009, 04:34
Category: security, Software

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Along with yesterday’s release of the long-awaited Mac OS X 10.5.8 update, Apple also released four security updates for users of OS X 10.4.

According to Macworld, the updates for the PowerPC version of Tiger, the Intel version of Tiger, the PowerPC version of Tiger Server, and the Universal version of Tiger Server address security issues that could have cause applications to quit unexpectedly or arbitrarily execute code. Those issues include decompressing maliciously crafted data, viewing a maliciously crafted image with an embedded ColorSync profile, viewing a maliciously crafted OpenEXR, or processing a maliciously crafted PNG image. The update also addressed a format string issue in Login Window that could lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution.

The updates can be located and installed via Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature and require Mac OS X 10.4.11 to install and run.

Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.5.8 Update

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Date: Thursday, August 6th, 2009, 04:22
Category: Software

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Late Wednesday, Apple released Mac OS X 10.5.8, the latest version of the Mac OS X operating system. The new version, which varies in size per its download, offers the following fixes and changes:

* Upgrades Safari to version 4.0.2.
* Improves the accuracy of full history search in Safari 4.
* Resolves an issue in which certain resolutions might not appear in the Display pane in System Preferences.
* Dragging an Aperture image into Automator now invokes an Aperture action instead of incorrectly invoking an iPhoto action.
* Resolves an issue that could prevent importing of large photo and movie files from digital cameras.
* Improves overall Bluetooth reliability with external devices, USB webcams and printers.
* Addresses an issue that could cause extended startup times.
* Improves iCal reliability with MobileMe Sync and CalDav.
* Addresses data reliability issues with iDisk and MobileMe.
* Improves overall reliability with AFP.
* Improves overall reliability with Managed Client.
* Improves compatibility and reliability for joining AirPort networks.
* Improves Sync Service reliability.
* Includes additional RAW image support for several third-party cameras.
* Improves compatibility with some external USB hard drives.
* Includes latest security fixes.

The Mac OS X 10.5.7 update is available via Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature and is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Leopard. A combo updater, weighing in at a hefty 759 MB download, is also available for those upgrading from versions of Mac OS X 10.5.

If you’ve installed Mac OS X 10.5.8 and have any feedback to offer about it, let us know in the comments!